US 2651143 A
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TERRACED GARDEN Filed oct. 9. 1948 sfv-sheuts-sheevs INV EN TORS Tn'ar arci I.. fsmqy and BY aad 0. Esmay Patented Sept. 8, 1953 TERRACED GARDENk Y Margaret L. Esmay and Paul 0. Esmay,
Application October 9, 1948, Serial No. 53.746
claims. (01.47-33) This invention relates to horticulture, and is concerned more particularly with the care and growth of garden plants.
Strawberries and other plants are usually grown in ground patches of such size that it is often impossible for a person to reach the plants substantially removed from the fringes of the patch for weeding, harvesting or picking and other attention, without the necessity for his walking among the plants and the consequent usual destruction or injury of some of them.
To some extent, essentially in the southern part of this country and in other places having warm climates, strawberries have been grown in strawberry barrels. Such a barrel is filled with soil and its side wall perforated with holes about 2" in diameter and the plants project through the holes. A perforated water pipe located axially within the barrel is provided to introduce moisture to the soil for the roots of the plants. Such a device, although in certain respects more desirable than a patch, has the drawbacks, among others, of precluding some of the plants from receiving sunlight and of affording a very uneven distribution 'of moisture to the plant roots, as most of the water goes to the bottom, and, moreover, the runners have no soil in which to take root.
It is an object of our invention to provide a garden of such shape and size as to render all plants in the garden accessible to the sun and conveniently accessible to a person standing at the edge of the garden.
Another object is to provide a. terraced garden, the plants of which are within easy reach of a person standing outside the garden.
A further object is to provide a garden and irrigation system therefor whereby moisture is substantially uniformly distributed'to all of the plant roots.
An additional object is to provide protection for the plants of a garden constructed'in accordance with our invention against birds, animals and other destructive creatures and objects.
It is also an object to provide a novel system for distributing fertilizer and other chemicals to promote growth of plant life.
It is another object to provide a garden of the character referred to in which soil upheaval due to frost is precluded.
Prevention of freezing of the soil in a garden of the type under consideration is a further object of our invention; It is'an additional object to provide a garden of this-character with protection against the elements.
Another object is to provide a garden in the form of a terraced cone or pyramid or similar form, the apex of which is within convenient reach of a person standing on the ground at the foot of the garden.
It is also an object to provide a terraced conical, pyramidal or similar-shaped garden with means for maintaining the soil of the garden at substantially uniform and optimum temperature.
It is also an object to provide a terraced garden in which the plant bed may be readily and conveniently varied and added to best suit the particular type of plant to be grown.V
Further objects and advantages of our invention will appear as the description proceeds.
The invention will be better understood upon reference to the following description and accompanying drawings, in which:
Fig. 1 is an isometric view of a terraced conical garden embodying features of our invention.
Fig. 2 is a vertical sectional view of the garden, including a protective net and thermostatically controlled electric heating system for the garden.
Fig.V 3 is a top plan viewof the structure shown in Fig. 2 with the net removed.
Fig. 4 is an isometric View of the garden pro- Vtected by a transparent cover.
Fig. 5 is a sectional view taken as indicated by the line 5 5 in Fig. 3.
Fig. `6 is a sectional view taken as indicated by the line 6 6 in Fig. 3.
Fig. 7 shows a transparent cover collapsed for shipment or storage. Y
Fig. 8 shows the several bands and irrigating pipe rolled into a coil and the several dome-ribs rolled into` a separate coil, both coils tied in a compact unit for shipment.
Fig. 9 is a fragmentary isometric view showing 'a modified connection between the ends of the terrace bands to provide for expansion such as may be caused by upheaval of the soil due to frost.
Fig. 10 is an isometric view of a modified terrace band in which the ends are hooked together and the band is corrugated to allow for expansion caused by soil upheaval due to frost. Y
Fig. 11 is an isometric View of a frame for supporting the terraced bands for display purposes, the bands being shown in dot-dash lines.
Referring now more particularly to the drawings, showing illustrative embodiments of the invention, we provide a conical garden indicated generally at 30.* In accordance with our invention, apparatus is provided enabling the purchaser thereof to construct a conical garden inexpensively and expeditiously. Such apparatus comprises a plurality of bands 32:, 34, 36, 38 and 40 of substantially the same height but of successively reduced length. Although we have shown ve of such bands, their number may be varied as desired.
Each suchv band is adapted to be' fiexed into substantially cylindrical form and` may have holes 42 at its ends 44 for the reception of screws 46 adapted to receive nuts 48 to secure the band in that form. The bands may be of any suitable material, but are preferably of alumiiufnstdk about 6" wide and about 12" thick, the longest forming a circle about 6' in diameter and the shortest forming a circle about 8 diaite.
In constructing the garden, about a cubi yard of good garden or field tp soil is needed. All of the bands 32, 34,4%, 38 and 46 are flexedinto substantially circular form and the screws 46 and nuts 48 applied to maintain that form. The band 32 is then placed on level ground or any other suitable support 52 and a quantityv of soil 54 is placed within the band and trampled or otherwise tamped so as to be packed firmly with its top surface 56 coned so that its apex is a few inches above the level of the top of the band, and the soil is then thoroughly soaked. The band 34 is thenv placed upon the soil surface 56 in substantially coaxial relation to the band 32, leaving a terrace 58 about 8" wide; Goarsesand is deposited over the entire Asurface 56 of soil within the band 34 and shaped substantially like a circular tier 6D of a pagoda, with its apex 62 having a diameter ofat least about 8" a few inches above the level ofthe top of the band 34 and a thickness of about 1/2" from the band l34 inward a substantial distance as shown at 63'. Now a quantity of soil 64 is placed on the tier 60, preferably not covering the apex 62, and treated like the first quantity of s oil 54; The band 36 is `now placed on thesurface 65 of the soil 64 in-substantially coaxial relation to the band 34, leaving a terrace 66 about 8" wide,- coarse sand isy placed over the soil surface4 65 and the exposed sand apex 62 and shapedeinto a pagoda tier 61- with its apex 68 having a diameter of at least about Y8" a fewninches above the level of the top of the band 36 and a thickness of about 1/2 from the band 35 inward a substantial distance as shown at 39. Another quantity of sc il 16 is applied within the b and 36 and treated like theV quantity 64, the band 38 is placed onthe soil surface 'H in substantially cqaxial relation to the band 36, leaving a terrace 'l2 about 48 wide, another tier 13 of coarse sand is formed over the soil surface l! within the band 38 s imilar to the other tiers except that the apexv14 terminates slightly above the apex 68, the band 40 is placed about the apex 'i4 so that said band projects about 3 above the band 38, and soil placed between the bands 38 and 40 and treated like the other quantities of soil, affording a terrace 'I6 about 8" wide. It will be observed that the several tiers 66, 6l' and 'I3 of coarse sand form in effect a pagoda 1l, and that the band 40 extends substantially above the top of the pagoda to provide for the reception of a substantial volume of liquid. The, sand herein referredl to is a coarse sand through which the irrigation liquid and chemicals will readily seep to the soil.
The var1ous layers of soil are preferably coned The garden is irrigated from time to time, the water, containing, if desired, liquid fertilizer and/ or other chemicals, being introduced into the upper end of the band or pipe 4G, seeping rapidly through the coarse sand pagoda Tl and thence spreading throughout the soil. We have found thisarfangenient to satisfactorily distribute adeduate moisture throughout the soil inthe garden, and to conduce to the growth of long roots in the plants planted in the several terraces.
Since the garden drains into the ground, exessiife rains will not create a crop failure. In a chventional'.strawberry patch, for example, crop failure is sometimes caused by drowning of plants.
The garden may to loft as above desoribed, but, for the purpose, among others, of affording protection against birds, rabbits and other animals and objects, We provide a dome-shaped allweather net 80 and support the same on a circumferential series of, say, six' ribs 82 of substantially equal length, each e rib comprising4 a strip of preferably aluminum stock about 2" wide and about de thick, one rib being secured at one end 84 by the two upper screws 4G and nuts 48 of the top band 49 and the other ribs' at the corresponding ends Sd thereof by nuts 86 and screws 88 extending through said band, and each rib at its other end merely by imbedding the same in the soil 54 adjacent the bottom band 32, al1 of said ribs being preferably uniformly spaced circumferentially and of vsuch length as to be capable of being resiliently bowed convexly upward sothat the plane of thetops 92 4of the ribs is about lf above the top of the pipe 46, said ribs thereby adequately clearing fully grown plants on the Various terraces. The net 8D is shaped to cover the ribs 82 and the bottom band 32 and has a hem 24 forming a tunnel containing a drawstring 'Si by means of which the hem may be drawn tight around said band, the top of the net being 'adapted to extend inward from the tops 92 of the ribs and terminating in a loop deiining an opening 93" adapted to substantially register with the, pipe 46'. hose may bev conveniently extended through the opening 98 to discharge liquid into the pipe 46. The net 8) may be of any suit- Y able ineen, for example 2"..
' The net Sil preferably used principally. from about tlieniddle spring to about 'the middle fall. During th early spring months, in order to im proverplant growth prevent frost damage and :nare the garden into a not bed, and, in the late fall riritlis, to protect unharvested fruit and vegetables, we prefer to employ a transparent flexible liood |88 inade of polyethylene or other plastic i other suitable material which ispervious to uit'ra-'vioiet rays, placing the hood over the net 80 or directly on the ribs 82, thebottom hem l IU ftli' llid havlg a drawstring I i2 by Which it may be tightened about the bottom band t2.
The various bolts and nuts are preferably of non-rusting metal, preferably either aluminum or stainless steel, and, if desired, the various bancs and nos could be of aiurninum, stainless steel, plastic, composition, or other suitable nonrusting material. Aliimihuinbands are preferred Y because f the readiness Ywith which aluminum as noted above for the reasonthat the soil tends to settle, so that, when the settling is completed, the terraces will be substantially flatl will lose or radiate solar heat 'to the air and thus bbviate baking of the soil in contact therewith.
It will be noted that the uppermost terrace 16 is only about 2' from the ground or other support 52, that the vtop of the pipe 48 is only a few inchesV higher, Aso that, when the net is re= moved, the various terraces are conveniently action and harvesting, and ample soil is availableV for runners, and that the pipe, either in...the presence or absence of the net, is conveniently accessible for supplying liquid thereto. The ribs 82 are far enough apart not to interfere with attention to the plants, and are suiiiciently narrow :and spaced from the terraces not to substantially prevent adequate sunlight from ,reaching the plants. The small height and large diameter of the garden insure the suns rays .reaching all plants on each terrace for a considerable period each day.
For protection during the winter against winter kill it is advisable to cover the plants with some such material as straw, leaves or the like,l and the net 80 and/or hood |08 can be used to hold the straw in place, or a heavy canvas cover (not shown) may be used.
The various bands and ribs as received by the consumer are preferably in the form ofzunconnected strips coiled together into. a compact package ||6 held as by wrapping wires ||8, the net 80 and hood |08 may be collapsed and folded substantially as shown in Fig. '7, and the bolts and nuts may be collected in a small sack, so that the whole will occupy small shipping space.
The ribs 82 are preferably coiled to a diameter of about 18" and take -a set when coiled so that little flexing is required to readily attach them to the band 40 and imbed them in the soil 54, and they all assume practically the same arched shape when so attached and imbedded, as shown. The bands likewise take'a set when coiled,so that they readily flex to and assume a substantially cylindrical shape when their ends are fastened together.
For the purpose of augmenting the heating effect of the sun, we may provide a thermostatically controlled electric soil heating cable apparatus whose energy supply may be that available at the house or otherbuilding adjoining the ground or other support on which the garden is located. Such an apparatus may comprise a plug |20 adapted to be plugged in an electric line socket |22, the wiring |24 extending from the plug to a thermostat box |28 which may rest on the lowest terrace 58, said box having a socket for the reception of a plug |30 whose prongs are connected with an attenuated resistance wire or cable |32 arranged with its two halves extending substantially parallel down into the soil 54 of the first terrace, then substantially in circles to the starting points, then inwardly and upward within the band 34, then in circles below the top of the terrace 66 and so on until they meet in the loop |34 adjacent the pipe 40. All wires are of course insulated, and the resistance wire |32 is preferably spaced about 1" from the tops and sides of the respective terraces. The thermostat box |28 and plug |30 will not occupy excessive space on the terrace 58, and the wiring |24 may extend down alongside the inner face of the bottom band 32 and will not interfere with the tightening of the drawstrings ofthe net 80 and hood |08.
The heating apparatus may be used with the transparent hood |08 in the early spring or to make the garden into a greenhouse for flowers throughout the winter in the Southern States.
The screw holes in the ends of the terraceconning bands could be longitudinally extended, as shown at |40 (Fig. 9), to allow for expansion due to frost to prevent frost upheavals, or such bands could be corrugated, as shown at |42 (Fig.
10) for that purpose. Moreover, instead of bolting the ends of such bands, they may be looped together and crimped, as shown at |44 (Fig. 10) For the purpose of displaying the invention in a'store window or other suitable place, We have provided a stand |50 which may be in the form of a skeleton truncated triangular pyramid including a base adapted to rest on a floor or other support and formed of straps |52, a top formed of shorter straps |54, and struts |56 extendingv between the straps at the junctures thereof and connected thereto as by bolts and nuts |58.l Eachstrut |56 Ahas vertical slots |60 vertically spaced apartL successively a distance substantially equal to the height of the terrace-conning bands 32, 34, 36 and 38, for example 6", said bands being adapted to seat in said slots substantially as shown in Fig. 1l. be employed in the building of the garden above described.
A garden constructed in accordance with our invention provides ya means for introducing additional solar heat in the soil during early spring months which will stimulate the growth of plants; for introducing. adequate moisture to the root structure of growing plants with minimum amount of water and eiort; for introducing plant food and fertilizer in the water, which inturn carries them directly to the root structure for optimum` results with a given amount of material; for promoting maximum plant growth and affording protection in a relatively small ground area; for making easy the tending of the plants and soil and the harvesting of the crop; for Vtaking care iof the problem of expansion of soil due to frosting; for permitting adequate root growth While preventing shading any of the plants from the sun; for watering and feeding various plants for maximum growth and protection; and, among other things, provides a means for retaining special soil combinations to facilitate and promote growth and protection of various plants.
The bands above the bottom band,l in addition to accomplishing the functions above noted, also provide (before the plants are grown to shield the upper bands from the sun) cylindrical heat-reflection areas which constantly rotate with the sun relative to the garden and disperse and diffuse the heat, due to the convexity of said areas, so that the plants will not be injured by the reflected heat.
It will be appreciated that although we have shown and described in detail a terraced garden in the form of a stepped cone, our invention may be made in the form of a stepped pyramid or other suitable shape.
Various modications coming within the spirit of our invention may suggest themselves to those skilled in the art, and hence we do not wish to be restricted to the specific forms shown or uses mentioned, except to the extent indicated by the appended claims, which are to be interpreted as broadly as the state of the art may permit.
1. A terraced garden including a plurality of soil steps of downward progressively increasing outward lateral extent, at leas-t the outer portion of each step being exposed at the top thereof, sand portions of downward progressively increasing outward lateral extent individually underlying and in intima-te surface contact with the soil of the respective outer step portions, and means for supplying liquid to said sand portions for seepage through the sand to the soil of the respective outer step portions.
If desired, the stand |50 could assures 'f 2. A terraced garden Y.including a plurality of substantially annularsoil steps of downward progressively increasing outward lateral extent and having outer substantially annular portions exposed a't the tops thereof, and a santi core contiguous to the inner edge soil surfaces of said steps, said core having sand portions of downward progressively increasing outward lateral extent individually underlying and contiguous to the soil of the respective outer step portions, said sand being in intimate and substantially complete surface Contact with the soil contiguous thereto, whereby liquid supplied to the upper end portion of said core will seep through the sand to the-soil of the respective outer step portions.
3; A terraced garden including a plurality of soil steps of downward progressively increasing outward lateral extent, said steps having inner opstanding soil walls, a sand core having opstanding sand portions contiguous to said walls, said core having laterally outward extending sand portions individually underlying and contiguous to the soil of the respective steps, the top of the soil of the respective steps over said sand portions being exposed, said sand being in intimate surface contact with the soil contiguous thereto, said core having an upper end portion exposed for thereception of liquid, and a sleeve projecting from the upper end portion of saidV core to conduct introduced liquid to the upper end portion of said core. whereby liquid introduced into said sleeve will seep through the sand to the soil of the respective steps. 4. A terraced garden including a plurality of soil steps of downward progressively increasing outwardy lateral extent, bands individually confining the respective steps, laterally outward ex tending sand portions individually underlying and contiguous to the soil of the respective steps and terminating adjacent the respective bands, the top of said soil over said sand portions being exposed, said sand portions being in intimate surface contact with the soil contiguous thereto, and
means for supplying liquid to said sand portions for seepage through the sand to they soil of the respective steps.
5; A terraced garden including a plurality of soil steps of downward progressively increasing outwardV lateral extent, bands individually coni-lning the respective steps, said steps having inner ysoil Walls facing away from said bands, a sand core having portions contiguous to said walls, said core'having laterally outward extending sand portions extending toward the respective bands and individually underlying and contiguous to the soil of the respective steps thereabove, the top of the soil over said outward extending sand portions being exposed, said sand being inV intimate contact with the soil contiguous thereto, the upper end portion of said core being exposed, and a sleeve projecting. from the upperV end portion of said core to conduct introduced liquid -to the upper end portion of said core, whereby liquid introduced into said sleeve'will seep through the sand to the soil of the respective steps.
MARGARET L. ESMAY. PAUL O. ESMAY.
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